Joseph Stiers is a poker player who frequently enjoys competing in popular tournament events across the United States. Stiers has earned plenty of paydays while competing in big events including a World Poker Tour Borgata Winter Poker Open event in 2013. Recent events have now hurt the poker pros chances to compete in major events, including the World Series of Poker.
In December of 2014, Stiers visited the Horseshoe Baltimore Casino enjoying the game of blackjack instead of poker. After winning close to $350, the poker player was asked to leave the premises.
After leaving the facility, the poker player says he was never told as to why he was asked to leave the property. He returned again to the Horseshoe a few days later on the 27th to participate in a poker tournament. During game play, Stiers was approached by security and asked him to leave again, claiming he was trespassing on the premises.
Stiers was still not given a reason as to why he was being forced to leave and demanded that his buy-in to the poker tournament be returned. It took a month for the player to receive his money back and now he has learned that he has been accused of card counting and can no longer visit any Caesars Entertainment properties.
Since Stiers cannot gamble at any of the Caesars casinos, he will be unable to participate in the World Series of Poker. This is a major blow to any poker player who travels to Nevada to take part in the WSOP gaming. A spokesman for Caesars has commented on the banning by stating: “Caesars allows highly skilled players to gamble provided they don’t engage in any activity that violates applicable regulations, undermines the integrity of our games or unfairly disadvantages our other guests”.
According to state law, card counting is not prohibited in certain terms but casinos do have the right to refuse service to patrons as they see fit.
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